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Acne Scar Treatment – Most Effective Methods

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Overview of Acne Scar Treatment

At PRP Skincare, we have a variety of medical tools for acne scar treatment. Acne is the most common skin disease affecting up to 85% of people from the age of 19-25. Scarring is common with acne, up to 95% of patients will have mild to moderate scarring and 30% will have severe acne scars. Acne scars are generally graded according to the following scale:

GradeDisease LevelClinical Features
1MacularReddish, hyper or hypopigmented flat marks (colour problem)
2MildMild scars (atrophic or hypertrophic), may not be noticeable without close inspection; easily covered by makeup.
3ModerateModerate scars, visible at social distances, can’t be covered by makeup; scars can be flattened out by stretching out the skin by hand.
4SevereSevere scars which are noticeable at social distances, can’t be covered by makeup, and can’t be flattened out even with stretching the skin.

Types of Acne Scars

Acne scars which affect the skin structure can be categorized according to the shape of the skin defect, as either hypertrophic, rolling, boxcar or icepick. Rolling and boxcar scars are the easiest to treat, while icepick scars are the most difficult.

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Types of Acne Scars

How effective is PRP for Acne Scar Treatment?

Platelet-rich plasma, PRP, contains a rich array of growth factors, and has been used for many years in the fields of orthopedic, sports medicine, and oral and maxillofacial surgery.​1​ The use of PRP for skin rejuvenation and acne scar treatments is more recent, but many studies are indicating that it can be a safe and effective treatment, especially for mild to moderate acne scars.​2–5​

How effective is Microneedling for Acne Scar Treatment?

Microneedling, when performed with a well designed device, can be a safe and effective acne scar treatment, especially when combined with PRP.​6​

Microneedling with PRP is also a powerful way to rejuvenate the face, improve skin texture, minimize pore size, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.​7​ It can be especially helpful for skin rejuvenation in the lower eyelid area.​8​

What are different types of Acne Scars Treatment?

Acne scars are treated using a variety of different methods, from skin resurfacing using microdermabrasion, dermabrasion, peels, microneedling, lasers, subscision, dermal filler, PRP, and fractional radiofrequency.

What is the best Acne Scar Treatment?

Once acne scars are established, there is no single treatment which works best for all patients. It’s good to have several treatments available for different types of situations. At our clinic, we consider each patient on an individual basis, using the available tools such as SkinPen microneedling, Venus Viva fractional radiofrequency, PRP injections, manual subscision, and dermal filler. However, the best treatment is prevention, so we will work with you find the best way to prevent active acne breakouts.

How can acne be prevented and treated?

Acne treatments can be divided into topical, systemic, eg. Accutane or oral contraceptives, as well as energy based such as blue-red light devices and lasers. The right treatment will be based on the individual patient’s skin type and medical history, as well as the severity of the acne


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